One Killed, Many Injured As Rivers APC, PDP Supporters Clash In Port Harcourt

One person was killed and many injured as supporters of the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party clashed along Aba Road, Port Harcourt on Monday over the outcome of the March 18 Rivers State governorship election.

Reports had it that hundreds of PDP supporters had as early as 8am, trooped to the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission along Aba Road, demanding to be allowed a joint inspection of election materials by political parties ahead of the election petition tribunal sitting.

The placard-carrying protesters paralysed vehicular activities along Aba Road.

The PDP supporters eventually clashed with those of the APC, whose chieftains had been iinvited by INEC to inspect election materials to enabe them file their election petition at the tribunal.

Recall that the APC governorship candidate Tonye Cole had rejected the outcome of the Rivers governorship election.

It was gathered that the clash left one person dead, who was reportedly hit by a stray bullet.

During the fracas, Cole, was said to have escaped a mob attack as he was whisked away from the scene injured.

Cole, who was in company with the state Rivers APC Chairman, Emeka Beke, and other party leaders, were heading to INEC office to honour their invitation when they were reportedly pigeonholed at the GRA Junction, as protesting PDP youths pelted stones and water sachets at him.

Security operatives attached to Cole however shielded him and whisked him into the vehicle, but the protesters continued pelting stones and sachet water at him and his group.

But within few minutes, soldiers of the 6 Division, Nigeria Army, Port Harcourt, and operatives of the Nigeria Police and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps stormed the scene and shot into the air to disperse the protesters.

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